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Episode: #44
Date Recorded: Saturday February 4, 2017
Title: They Livin’ It Up at the Hotel California
Running Time: 47 Minutes
Hosts: Johnny Starr & Ron The Banker
Guests: Louie, Oscar, and Vitamin T

The guys drive from Cabo San Lucas to Todos Santos to check out the “Hotel California”. After a one hour “thrill” ride through the Mexican countryside with Johnny behind the wheel, Ron spills from the front seat and kisses the ground. This episode was recorded in the courtyard restaurant at the Hotel California. We enjoy talking the the servers and if you listen closely you can actually hear Johnny do a shot!

So remember “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave!”
Except for Louie, they don’t even let him check in!

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Episode: #43
Date Recorded: Monday February 6, 2017
Title: Casa Starr After Dark
Running Time: 1 Hour & 7 Minutes
Hosts: Johnny Starr & Ron The Banker
Guests: Louie & Oscar

Several hours after the Patriots completed the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, Johnny Starr, Ron the Banker, Louie and Oscar do their best to “wabo” back to Casa Starr. This episode is appropriately titled “Casa Starr After Dark” because it was recorded at about 3:00 am local time. You can feel the fatigue in Johnny’s voice as he tries his best to bring you firework news and conversation while hanging out in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with his friends. So cover yourself in guacamole, roll around on some fresh tortillas and enjoy.

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Episodio: #42
El dia en que fue grabado: Friday, February 3, 2017
Title: Amplified
Running Time: 1 Hour & 18 Minutes
Hospedadores: Johnny Starr & Ron The Banker
Invitados Especiales: Dwayne, Louie, Vitamin T & Oscar

This episode was recorded in Cabo San Lucas Mexico at the Casa Starr. Johnny and Ron have been regulars at the Cabo Wabo, El Squid Roe and the Giggling Marlin since 1991. Cabo’s a long, long way from Fargo, but well worth the travel. Johnny Starr welcomes Ron the Banker a few close friends. As far as we know this is the first podcast about fireworks recorded in Cabo. Grab a bowl of your favorite chips, spread some guacamole on your favorite body part and que te divertas.

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Episode: #41
Date Recorded: Saturday January 3, 2017
Title: Amplified
Running Time: 1 Hour & 46 Minutes
Hosts: Johnny Starr & Ron The Banker

The dog days of the fireworks industry continue to roll along and John and Ron find some time on a Saturday afternoon in Chicago to talk fireworks and Pyro. Some of the topics covered in this 41st episode include:

~ Deep voice intro worth of a pyro podcast
~ New label woes
~ Hawaii fireworks troubles
~ Mexico City explosion
~ Headlines
~ NBA CBA
~ Bow down to Litian
~ Baby it’s Cold Outside Redux?!
~ Lucky Dragon
~ WWJD

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Episode: #40
Date Recorded: Saturday December 10, 2016
Title: Eventually Robot Hookers Turn Into Real Women
Running Time: 1 Hour & 50 Minutes
Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker
Special Pyro Guest: James Beavis “Starburst Fireworks” www.starburstfireworks.com
Other Guests: Chris & Louie
Returning Esteemed Guest:Ryan the Non Pedestrian Movie Reviewer

The dog days of the fireworks industry have taken a firm hold on the guys. There are no more conventions, no more sales and no more trips to China. As we say goodbye to 2016, Ron and John talk pyro and interview James Beavis from Starburst Fireworks in Jersey! That’s not New Jersey, but the island of Jersey which is near France and is the size of Disneyland. They review some movies with Ryan and Ron does his best to spread some Christmas cheer with a pyro rendition of the Night Before Christmas. Some of the topics covered in this 40th episode include:

~ Dean vs. Dino
~ Master of Rockets
~ Pyro Purge
~ Hawaii Fireworks Issues
~ Lucky Dragon Casino Grand Opening
~ Possible Fireworks Ban in the Philippines
~ Salt Lake City Disco Ball Update
~ WWJD
~ James Beavis Interview
~ Ryan’s Christmas Movie Classics
~ Is Die Hard a Christmas Film?
~ Twas the Night Before Christmas Pyro Style

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Episode: #39
Date Recorded: Tuesday November 2, 2016~
Title: I’m Not Teflon; Just a Reject
Running Time: 1 Hour & 44 Minutes
Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker~

In June, July, August and September Ron and John were on the road. Episodes of the Fireworks Brigade were recorded on location in North Dakota, Indiana and Michigan respectively. The guys were on location and talked a lot of fireworks with many passionate pyros. This episode finds Ron and John all alone and back home safely in Illinois. They are safely secured in Ron’s basement recording studio and John’s been out of pocket and in China for over a month. John travels to China twice a year to design, test and purchase fireworks for the Fourth of July season. Some of the topics covered in this 38th episode include:

~ John’s teflon tendencies
~ Creaky door or flatulent roommate?
~ Election madness and the need for a rape shower
~ Lick the Tomahawk
~ The painting village of Dafen
~ What is John buying for the 2017 Fourth of July season?
~ Finally a Fireworks Brigade 500 gram cake!!!
~ CPSC, PHIMSA, DOT, ATF
~ Pyro Playhouse, “A Bronx Tale”
~ Cub fan suicide watch
~ How do you make a 9-shot rack?
~ The good work of Starburst Fireworks
~ India restricts Chinese fireworks
~ Reindeer jerky
~ What would Johnny do?

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Date Recorded: Friday September 9, 2016
Title: Behai French Fry
Running Time: 1 Hour & 25 Minutes
Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker
Very Special Guest: Nancy Blogin, Executive Director National Fireworks Association (nationalfireworks.org)
Also Appearing: John Mo, Brothers Pyrotechnics (brotherspyrotechnics.com) ~ Bob Blake, Vice President National Fireworks Association (nationalfireworks.org) ~ Doug Burda, Red Apple Fireworks (redapplefireworks.com) ~ Chuck Decker, Uncle Sam Fireworks (unclesamfireworks.com
 

The mission of the NFA is to work diligently to ensure that the Fireworks Industry is regulated in a fair and sensible manner. They promote the safe use of fireworks in all sections of the industry. This is the second night of the NFA convention in Grand Rapids Michigan and John and Ron are recording from the “After the Smoke” party. They speak about the passion of fireworks with some of the most influential names in the world of pyro. Some of the topics covered in this 38th episode include:
 

~ Party Pooper
~ Too much of a good thing
~ That’s one disturbing statue!
~ Brothers Pyro is a classy and family affair
~ Nancy can’t listen to Bon Jovi in Peter’s car
~ Behai French Fries
~ John questions his life choices
~ “Starnac” the Magnificent
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Episode: #37
Date Recorded: Thursday September 8, 2016
Title: I Never Blew an Envelope
Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker
Special Guests: Peter from Revolution Pyro (REVOLUTIONPYRO.COM) &
Ricky from Cannon Fireworks (CANNONFIREWORKS.COM)
Running Time: 71 minutes

The National Fireworks Association (NFA) presents their annual convention in Grand Rapids, Michigan. John and Ron take the time to talk fireworks. Some other topics covered in this 37th episode include:
~ Is there anyone famous from Grand Rapids?
~ NFA recap
~ Turtle eggs and fireworks don’t mix
~ Political corruption night
~ What would Johnny do?
~ “Starnac” the Magnificent

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Date Recorded: Sunday August 7, 2016
Title: Johnny Starr Comes From a Long Line of Mavericks
Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker
Running Time: 66 minutes

The Pyrotechnics Guild International presents “Fire in the Sky, The Sequel” the PGI’s 2016 Convention in LaPorte Indiana. John and Ron take the time to talk fireworks. Some other topics covered in this 36th episode include:

~ Indiana Wants Me
~ Cherry pickers convention
~ PGI
~ Danger zone
~ Olympics
~ Pyrolympics
~ John’s a Maverick
~ WWJD “What Would Johnny Do?”
~ Indiana Trivia
~ The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

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Date Recorded: Sunday July 3, 2016
Title: Pappie Don’t Do No Bull****
Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker
Special Guests: Mama Stol a/k/a Pauline
Running Time: 95 minutes
 

It’s late night during retail week at Starr Fireworks in Fargo. John’s feeling a bit disheartened as life after the Fourth of July once again slaps him in the face. Ron and his girlfriend Pauline try to cheer him up and they all manage to have some fun talking about fireworks. Some other topics covered in this episode include:
 

~ Pauline’s Long Train Ride to Fargo
~ Johnny Doesn’t Eat Vegetables
~ Pyro Purge: Wholesale & Retail Recap
~ Fargo Drama
~ Vicki Dog
~ You Eat and You Go
~ Grandpa Chucky’s Bathroom Habits
~ James Bond Replacements
~ Summertime Soundtrack
~ Dino Roast Redone
 

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